If I fly or take the train to Providence, how will I get to Brown’s campus?
A cab from T.F. Green Airport to Brown’s campus will cost approximately $30. Rail service also connects the airport with the downtown Providence train station, although these trains only run early in the morning and at rush hour.
A cab from the downtown Providence train station to Brown’s campus will cost approximately $8. You can walk from the train station (or the downtown hotels) to Brown’s campus in 15-20 minutes (includes a sizeable hill).
How will I get from Providence to Cambridge when the conference changes venues?
The best way to get from Providence to Cambridge is to take a train. You can take the MBTA or Amtrak train between Providence and Boston’s South Station for around $10. On Friday evening, the MBTA train leaves Providence at 5:10, 6:00, and 6:42, while the Amtrak Northeast Regional leaves at 5:31 and 7:02. The trip takes about an hour. Once at South Station, you will transfer to the Red Line for subway service to Harvard Square.
Options are more limited on Saturday morning to get from Providence to Boston: a 6:35 MBTA train and a 7:04 Amtrak, either of which will arrive at South Station with enough time to take the Red Line to Harvard Square for the conference’s start at 9.
There is also bus service between Providence and Boston
Does it make sense to rent a car?
Not really. Parking is limited—and expensive—in the vicinity of both Brown and Harvard.
Should I consider booking a flight into Providence’s TF Green Airport and out of Boston’s Logan Airport?
Yes. Both airports are served by Southwest and other airlines that offer one-way fares at the same price as round-trip tickets.